The Royal Museums Greenwich have successfully toured a number of exhibitions and reproduction displays in recent years and the new Special Exhibitions Gallery in the Sammy Ofer Wing gives us a fantastic opportunity to develop and display large world-class exhibitions with international partners.

Current exhibitions

Ships, Clocks and Stars: the Quest for Longitude, 11 Jul 2014-4 Jan 2015. Discover the extraordinary story of the race to determine longitude (east-west position) at sea and explore the rivalries and ingenious inventions of some of the greatest minds of the 17th and 18th centuries. This exhibition is due to travel to the Folger Library in Washington DC, Mystic Seaport in Connecticut and the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney once it completes its show at Greenwich.

Forthcoming exhibitions

Astronomy Photography of the Year

Winning images from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014 competition will be displayed in the annual exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, which will open in September.

A selection of winning images from past competitions has been exhibited at the Edinburgh Science Festival and at the FameLab Science Festival organized by the British Council in Croatia. Currently, images from previous competition years are available for license and display (conditions apply, for more information contact touring@rmg.co.uk).

On tour

Battle of Trafalgar, Joseph Mallord William Turner. 1805The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, by J.M.W. Turner, 1822–24 Turner and the Sea, Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, running to 1 September 2014. This stunning exhibition examines the appeal of the sea to J M W Turner and his contemporaries. A visual feast, the exhibition includes a number of significant international loans. Now touring at PEM following its show at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea, November 2012–April 2013, National Maritime Museum
Ansel Adams is arguably the most popular and the most influential photographer in American history. This spectacular exhibition explored Adams’s unique approach to photography by featuring pictures of water in all its forms. This show was toured from the Peabody Essex Museum, USA, and was also on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney from 4 Jul-8 Dec 2013.

Turmoil and Tranquillity
Queen’s House, Greenwich, June 2008–January 2009
This exhibition charts the rise of the seascape as a distinct art form in the Low Countries through the Museum’s unrivalled collection of 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish marine paintings. This exhibition was staged as The Golden Age of Dutch Seascapes at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA, USA, June–September 2009.
Discussions are underway for this touring exhibition to visit other international venues.

The Last of the Tall Ships (a reproduction display)
National Maritime Museum, December 2009–April 2010
Over 30 of photographer Alan Villiers’ stunning black and white photographs depicting life on these merchant sailing vessels in the 1920s and 30s. These evocative images are accompanied by Villiers’ own vivid descriptions of his own experiences on board.

Images from the Villiers collection formed the exhibition Sons of Sinbad – The photographs Alan Villiers touring to the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney in 2010, the Maritime Museum of Tasmania/Carnegie Gallery in Hobart and the Bribie Island Seaside Museum in Queensland, both in 2011.